172 LETTERS FROM THE who is now a great crony of Talleyrand's, and Simon Dumesny, grandson of Helvetius. M. Perignon has invited me to dinner for next Decade, and adds this apostille: " Les repr<§- sentans Portalis, Cambaceres, et Isnard, qui doivent Łtre des notres, s'applaudissent beaucoup de vous connoitre; je partage leur empressement, et j'ose esp6rer que vous ne vous refuserez pas d nos d6sirs communs." The newspapers dixere quid essent hi homines; but I shall be glad to know them in spite of Mr. Burke's broad R. I meet with great civility from people I never knew before, and by remaining quiet, recueilli and steady, I shall not risk losing any ground, and I may gain. The other day the municipality of Melun wrote to the Ministre de PInt6rieur a petition, and signed it, "Votre tres humble et tres obdssante servante, la municipalite de Melun.9* M. d'Hautefort lives at an immense rate, giving monthly concerts, which cost him a hundred and fifty guineas in music. In Robespierre's time the direction of an English letter was sufficient to condemn anyone on whom it was found; at present things are very different.